Budget is frozen for a third year

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DERBYSHIRE County Council has frozen its share of council tax for a third year.

The council set the authority’s annual budget for April 2013 to March 2014 at £533 million, including budget reduction targets of £27 million.

County Council Leader Andrew Lewer said: “We understand some residents are struggling to make ends meet and I am pleased we can again announce a zero increase.

“Council tax has never been frozen for two successive years before.

“By freezing it for a third successive year, we are really showing our commitment to supporting residents in tough times.

“The squeeze on public spending to reduce the national debt means tough choices have to be made. We’ve already saved £70 million, and will save a further £27 million over the coming year.

“We will continue to protect frontline services and jobs wherever possible.”